While in the waiting room of her OBGYN’s office, a mother claims she was asked to either stop breastfeeding her 4-month-old son or leave.
Erin Pena, of Lubbock, Texas, had an appointment for her 4-month-old son to receive vaccinations at University Medical Center.
After nearly an hour in her OBGYN’s waiting room, her son became hungry and she proceeded to breastfeed him.
But Pena claims she was told to stop by the office receptionist, and that if she had to feed him it needed to be done in the restroom or a back room, reports The Daily Mail.
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Pena knew her rights by law—she can breastfeed anywhere—and did not stop. It was then that threats were allegedly made towards Pena, and she was eventually led out of the building by security.
I’m so furious and upset. I just got thrown out of my ObyGyn/Pediatrician's office for breastfeeding! The receptionist told me I couldn't breastfeed in the lobby and had to go to the bathroom or room in the back. I said I had the right to breastfeed anywhere. She said if I don't stop she will cancel my baby's appointment. His appointment was for his vaccines! I refused and she canceled it, so I went to find the doctor thinking she would be reasonable and she wasn't. She was condescending, kept calling me honey. I said, "No one in the lobby even cared." She rudely said, yeah they do they just don't say it to your face.
I said they were wrong and it was illegal what they were doing. She called security on me and I left with the officer. The guy asked what happened and when I told him, even he was like, What? That's what this was about???
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I'm so disgusted. My doctor even lied saying I was walking around with my breast hanging out, even though she never saw what happened. I was just sitting there in a chair. It was sickening.
Even though it's against the law, I would respect a restaurant's wishes if it asked me to leave, but a pediatrics's office at UMC??????
University Medical Center has since issued an apology to Pena.
“Our staff asked that woman to leave unless she covered herself up, which is absolutely wrong,” said UMC representative Eric Finley. “We apologize to that mother and to all breast-feeding mothers.”
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